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Thoughtful, practical gifts don’t have to cost a fortune. You’ll love these 21 dollar store Christmas gift ideas, and so will the recipients!


I love to give practical gifts. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun to give people luxury items and fun gifts they would never buy themselves. But there’s something purposeful about a gift you know the recipient will use over and over again. 

Believe it or not, giving useful, fun-to-receive presents doesn’t need to cost a lot of money. In fact, you can find all kinds of practical, fantastic dollar store Christmas gift ideas that don’t feel like cheap gifts. They are all items that anyone would be more than happy to receive.

collage of dollar store christmas gift ideas with title overlaid in center

So how do you find a dollar store Christmas gift idea that feels special? It’s easier than you think! There are plenty of DIY dollar store gift ideas that take just a little effort. Add a personalized touch or combine a few items to create a nice package. There are even some Dollar Tree Christmas gifts that are perfectly thoughtful all on their own. Here are 21 ideas to fulfill everyone’s Christmas wish list at the dollar store!

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DIY Dollar Store Gift Ideas

The first set of dollar store gift ideas are DIY ideas, but they don’t require a lot of skill or supplies (although if you have a Cricut or other cutting machine, you can personalize almost anything). If you have some time and creativity, you can make really wonderful gifts from items that won’t cost you a lot. Homemade gifts also have a personal touch that you can’t beat. Everyone loves a gift knowing someone took time to create it just for them. 

1. Homemade Mint Sugar Scrub (from Practically Functional)

Homemade Mint Sugar Scrub

Whip up a batch of this homemade mint sugar scrub in 10 minutes or less—this recipe makes great holiday gifts, or pamper yourself with this delicious DIY sugar scrub!
See the full project

Almost every dollar store sells baking ingredients—salt, baking soda, and sugar. Stock up on bags of the sweet stuff to make jars of minty sugar scrub. This scrub is luxurious, it smells great, and it really works for smoothing rough skin on heels and elbows. 

While you’re picking up sugar, don’t forget to pick up some jars or small containers for the scrub. Most dollar stores carry all sorts of simple glass vases, mason-type jars, and other vessels for your gift.

2. Dollar Store Christmas Tree Candles (from Redhead Can Decorate)

Dollar Store Christmas Tree Candles

Get everything you need for these festive candles from the dollar store!
See the full project

Another great find at the dollar store is candles. Look for the plain “prayer-type” candles and small votives, jar candles, and more. You can make all sorts of wonderful candle gifts from these tall blank candles, which often come in white.

If you prefer not to paint or draw on the candles, you could also decoupage them using tissue paper (also found at the dollar store) and Mod Podge. Photos also work well—print black and white images on regular paper and use the decoupage medium to affix them to the glass surrounding the candle. 

3. Personalized Mugs (from Practically Functional)

Make a cute DIY painted mug for the holidays with paint pens and adhesive stencils! Great neighbor gifts!

How To Paint A Mug With Painters Opaque Paint Markers

Make a cute DIY painted mug for the holidays—all you need are paint markers and adhesive stencils. They're easy to make and they make great holiday gifts!
See the full project

Savvy dollar store shoppers know that mugs and cups are some of the best items to pick up when you’re at the dollar store! There are so many ways you can personalize a simple, plain mug, cup, or jar. The possibilities are nearly endless, whether you use Sharpies, paint, or something else.

If you’re a Cricut crafter, you can take your DIY dollar store Christmas gift ideas to the next level with vinyl lettering to create super personalized, beautiful cups and mugs. These are excellent beginner Cricut projects for almost any level. They look so awesome, and they make lovely presents. 

4. Tea Tree (from Thirsty for Tea)

Christmas Tea Trees

Such a cute way to dress up bags of tea for the holidays—use these Christmas tea trees as holiday decor or give them as a gift.
See the full project

Something as simple as a box of tea can become a great dollar store Christmas gift with a little DIY magic. These Christmas tea trees are cute and creative—perfect for any tea lover (with or without a DIY mug to pair with).

You can also package hot cocoa mix tied with ribbon, or look for small packages of flavored coffees to include with your gift. With attention to presentation, an everyday item becomes a thoughtful and appreciated present for anyone on your Christmas list.

5. Etched Glass Tile Coasters (from Practically Functional)

How To Etch Glass Tiles To Make Coasters

Glass tile etching is easier than you'd think! With a glass tile, etching cream, a paintbrush, and a stencil, you can make your own customized etched glass tile coasters!
See the full project

While you’re thinking of beverages (like tea and coffee mugs), don’t forget coasters! Coasters make great gifts and can be personalized really easily. These etched glass tile coasters aren’t tricky to make, but they look very elegant and could be adjusted to match any style or décor. 

You can customize almost any coasters. These DIY homemade polaroid coasters would work on tile coasters, even if they’re not plain (give them a coat of white paint to turn them into blanks). Wooden coasters can be engraved or painted as well. So if you see coasters while you’re shopping at the Dollar Tree for Christmas gifts, pick them up!

6. DIY Snow Globe In A Mason Jar (from Practically Functional)

homemade snow globe in a mason jar with reindeer, light post, and presents miniature figurines

How To Make A Snow Globe In A Mason Jar

Learn how to make a snow globe in a mason jar with just water, glycerine, and glitter! It takes less than five minutes and is a great kids activity for the holidays.
See the full project

I adore snow globes. They’re so pretty and magical. Of course, a beautiful snow globe can also be quite expensive. For a sweet, thoughtful, personalized holiday gift, try these DIY snow globes in a mason jar. 

Once again, jars are in play for this DIY holiday craft. The dollar store often sells mason-type jars and containers, making them an excellent resource for snow globe supplies. You may also find other supplies for this craft, including glitter and miniature figurines. 

7. Dino Phone Tripod (from Eat Sleep Make)

Dino iPhone Tripod

Make a fun iPhone tripod using a plastic dinosaur and a suction cup! Works great for tablets too!
See the full project

How amazing are these dinosaur phone tripods?! These tripods are a bit more involved than some of the other DIY dollar store Christmas gifts, BUT the payoff is well worth the effort. With a little bit of work, you can create a cool gift that any teen or tween will love. 

Don’t limit yourself to just dinosaurs, either. Most dollar stores have a selection of plastic action figures and other animals that you could turn into phone tripods. Look for the suction cups at the dollar store as well. Many times, they will have them in the craft section. 

8. Burlap Monogram Sign (from Practically Functional)

Hand drawn burlap monogram sign

Simple DIY Burlap Monogram Sign

Looking for an easy wedding gift idea? This DIY burlap monogram sign makes a beautiful custom gift plus it is super easy to make!
See the full project

Wall art always makes a wonderful personal gift. These monogrammed burlap signs can be framed in dollar store document frames. Occasionally dollar stores will also carry framed art or mirrors, which you can purchase and re-use for the frame.

The rest of the sign is made using inexpensive burlap and a Sharpie. I always like to check the towel and tablecloth sections at the dollar store. Sometimes you can find very affordable placemats and linens to reinvent into great DIY dollar store Christmas gifts. 

9. Tis the Season Shadowbox (from Practically Functional)

vinyl words on a shadowbox filled with glitter paper and a faux holiday berry sprig

DIY ’Tis The Season Shadowbox

Learn how to put vinyl on a shadowbox so you can customize it however you'd like! Make gorgeous holiday decor for your home with this simple shadow box that takes less than 15 minutes to make.
See the full project

On a rare occasion, you may find shadowboxes at the dollar store. If you happen to find one, purchase it right away! Otherwise, you can also create a DIY shadow box out of a wooden box or deep frame. As you shop for Christmas gifts at the dollar store, don’t forget to look for small ornaments and little items that could fit inside the shadowbox.

I’ve found that you can find paint and other craft supplies at dollar stores. These aren’t always the highest quality, but they work well for wall art and items that don’t get handled often. For something like a shadow box wall hanging, you don’t need to have top-of-the-line craft supplies. It will turn out beautifully with inexpensive dollar store supplies.

10. Wipe off Weekly Menu Board (from Make and Takes)

Easy Wipe Off Weekly Menu Board

Keep all your dinner meal ideas in one place with this super easy DIY wipe-off weekly menu board to keep track of what’s for dinner each night!
See the full project

We all have a busy friend on our list who loves to budget and meal plan. This wipe-off weekly menu board can be a great gift that everyone will adore. This is very simple to make using dollar store craft supplies. Try to match the board to the recipient’s kitchen and taste.

As you’re shopping, don’t forget to look for dry erase markers and erasers. These are often with the school supplies, and they can make great dollar store purchases. You can use them for this project or other “whiteboard” projects. Kids love them too—laminated workbooks last and last. 

11. River Rock Trivet (from Practically Functional)

diy river rock trivet and green tea kettle on white background

DIY River Rock Trivet

Make an elegant river rock trivet with river rocks, felt, and hot glue—a fun and practical river rock craft to bring a little nature indoors!
See the full project

Check the floral supplies for river rocks and stones. You can use them to make this cute river rock trivet that’s perfect for absolutely any kitchen. Small trivets also make lovely coasters to slip under houseplants and protect furniture during watering. I love the natural look.

Stones, shells, and rocks are great items to pick up while you are dollar store shopping. Also, watch for the small “mermaid tears” or marbles—you can make them into fridge magnets, decorate your potted plants, or add them to home décor for a sparkly touch. 

12. DIY Roll-Up Toiletry Bag (from Practically Functional)

diy roll up toiletry bag made from a washcloth—laid open with toiletries and travel items in the pockets

DIY Roll-Up Toiletry Bag Made From A Washcloth!

Transform a regular washcloth into a super functional DIY roll-up toiletry bag—it keeps your toiletries organized without taking up a ton of space, plus it's so easy to make!
See the full project

Help the frequent traveler on your gift list stay organized with this cute DIY roll-up toiletry bag made from a washcloth. Look for a washcloth (or small kitchen towel) at the dollar store. Then shop the toiletries section for useful travel-sized items. 

You can fill the toiletry bag with toothpaste, a travel toothbrush, small shampoo, little soaps, and other TSA-friendly supplies. When your gift receiver hits the road, they’ll think of you every time they unroll this adorable, easy-to-make organizer. 

13. Dollar Store Gift Basket (from Savvy Honey)

3 DIY Spa Day At Home Gift Ideas (Under $10 From the Dollar Store)

These DIY Spa Day At Home Gift Ideas are so CHEAP! Anyone who wants an at home spa day will love this homemade DIY Dollar Store spa gift basket!
See the full project

Let’s talk about gift baskets. With even $10, you can pull together a beautiful gift basket from the dollar store that will delight any recipient. I used this spa gift basket as an example, but you can tailor your gift to any taste, age, or style. 

Consider a car-care basket for dad or a cookie-making basket for a neighbor. Teachers might love a basket of classroom supplies and goodies, and kids would love a basket full of coloring books, crayons, small toys, games, or books. Look around the dollar store and get creative to make easy, inspired gift baskets for the whole family. When you package the items with a “theme,” the possibilities are endless. 

Dollar Store Christmas Gift Ideas (No DIY Required)!

Sometimes you need a gift quickly. The dollar store has plenty of options that you can give as gifts without the DIY. If you’re looking for dollar store Christmas gift ideas, here are the easiest presents and stocking stuffers for anyone on the nice list. These also make excellent dollar store gifts for secret Santa, gift exchanges, and 12 days of Christmas presents. 

14. Office Supplies

The dollar store has a huge section of office supplies, school supplies, and art items. You can pull together the perfect gift for a boss, coworker, student, or friend for just a few dollars. Tie cute pens or pencils together with a ribbon for a perfect package. 

Notebooks make great gifts, and the dollar store often has art paper, brushes, and even paint. Stickers abound, and folders, scissors, glue, and other supplies are easy to find. Any of these make excellent dollar store Christmas gift ideas or excellent stocking stuffers. 

15. Crayons & Paper

Kids love to color! If you’re looking for a nice gift that will keep kids entertained, the dollar store has you covered. Crayons and even coloring books are easy to find at the dollar store.

Keep an eye out for other coloring items like markers, dry erase pens, and chalk as well. Posterboard, rolls of wrapping paper, and drawing pads can be great, inexpensive Christmas gifts for little artists.

16. Lotion or Soap

There are always a few neighbors or friends that are a challenge to buy for. You want to give them a little something, but all those people on your list can add up fast. Everyone appreciates a pretty bottle of hand soap, a nice bar, or some lotion.

The great thing about beauty gifts is that they’re perfectly appropriate on their own. You can stock up on several of them in case you need a quick item to give to a teacher, a delivery person, or the neighbor who surprises you. These also make great housewarming presents and hostess gifts from the dollar store. 

17. Towels, Utensils, and Cake Mix

Pull together a gift for your favorite baker (or treat lover) with a kitchen towel, wooden spoon, and a package of cake mix. Tied with a ribbon, you’ll have a lovely gift for $3!

Kitchen items are bright and cheerful. Almost everyone appreciates them because they’re useful and practical. These also make great dollar store party favor ideas or white elephant gifts. If you’re looking for an inexpensive secret Santa gift, this is a good one. 

collage of dollar store christmas gift ideas with title at top

18. Candy or Christmas Treats

Everyone appreciates candy! The dollar store often has some nicer boxes of sweets, chocolates, and cookies during the holiday season. You may even find them in a pretty tin or a lovely gift box. These items make perfect Christmas gifts on their own. 

I like to buy stocking stuffer treats at the dollar store. The selection is often unique and fun. Sometimes they have retro candy that you can’t find anywhere else too! Tuck them in a pretty package (like these pillow boxes I made using Cricut) and tie them with a ribbon for festive party favors.

19. Framed Photos

If you’re looking for a great dollar store gift for a loved one, why not give them a nice, framed photo? Frame a favorite memory of the two of you or frame school photos for Grandma and Auntie. The dollar store is one of the best places to get inexpensive frames.

Everyone loves photo gifts, especially because actual photos are a rarity these days. Embellish the frame, or put together a group of pictures for a nice presentation. Don’t miss the photo books, either. Many dollar stores have small booklets that hold 10-20 photos—a perfect gift for someone who lives far away. 

20. Candles

Another terrific dollar store gift idea is candles and candle holders. Dollar stores often carry a wide selection of scented candles, plain tapers, and even glass jarred “prayer-type” candles. All of these can make lovely gifts on their own or fancied up for a DIY holiday present.

The dollar store also has scented items like potpourri and air fresheners. If you have a scent-lover on your Christmas list, the dollar store will have you covered. 

21. Gloves and Scarves

You can often find gloves, scarves, and other winter wear at the dollar store in the winter months. Every kid loves a pair of “magic mini gloves,” and a scarf or winter headband makes a nice gift for people who spend time outdoors. 

Check for winter hats, bags, hand warmers, and even socks and slippers. Any of these can be excellent gifts for folks on your holiday list.

hands holding painted ceramic mug that says Believe with text overlaid at top

If you need to come up with some great Christmas ideas for less, don’t dismiss the dollar store! There are plenty of fantastic Christmas gift ideas that won’t cost you a lot of money. You can feel great knowing you gave a Christmas gift that the receiver loved and will use. It’s not about how much you spend, but about the thought and the sentiment behind the gift. Happy giving this holiday season!

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Make your own “Born In The USA” shirt or baby clothes with this cute SVG file; grab it here!


I absolutely love this red, white, and blue baby onesie I made for AJ a while ago: it’s really cute and so easy to make! Grab the “Born In The USA” SVG file here, then just cut out the graphics with your Cricut or Silhouette and iron it on to a plain t-shirt or baby onesie. They make great gifts for friends and family!

born in the usa baby onesie with cricut easypress and rolls of vinyl

If you like this onesie, check out some of the other adorable baby onesie tutorials on this site!

DIY Born In The USA Baby Onesie

  • 10 minutes (time spent doing stuff)
  • 10 minutes (time spent waiting around)
  • 20 minutes (total project time)

Equipment

Materials

Instructions

To get started, grab the Born In The USA SVG file below.

If you want a refresher on using heat transfer vinyl, here is a super detailed, step by step tutorial on how to use heat transfer vinyl.

NOTE: You can also purchase these onesies in my shop if you don’t want to make them yourself!

Start by uploading the Born In The USA SVG file to Cricut Design Space. Click the Upload button in the menu on the left, then drag and drop or browse your computer to find the downloaded file.

upload screen to upload born in the usa svg file

Give the image a name and some tags if you’d like, then click the green Save button.

born in the usa svg file upload screen

Select all the layers in a single color and then click the Attach button at the bottom right. Repeat for all four colors.

attaching color groups in cricut design space

Now it’s time to cut it out! Click the green Make It button at the top of the page. On the preview mats screen, select each mat thumbnail and toggle the Mirror switch on, then click the green Continue button.

On the Make screen, select Glitter Iron-On as the material.

material selection screen in cricut design space

Place the heat transfer vinyl onto the Cricut cutting mat with the shiny plastic side down.

place heat transfer vinyl on the cricut cutting mat with the clear plastic backing side down

Follow the on-screen instructions to load the correct blade, then load the mat into the machine. Press the Go button to begin the cut.

When the cut is finished, unload the mat from the machine and carefully remove the heat transfer vinyl from the mat. Weed away the background vinyl, leaving the graphic on the clear plastic backing.

weeding away background heat transfer vinyl before pressing

Preheat your EasyPress according to the Cricut heat guide. Then position the heat transfer vinyl on your blank onesie with the shiny plastic side up.

heat transfer vinyl positioned on a white onesie before pressing

Once the EasyPress is pre-heated, press the onesie for thirty seconds (or whatever the recommended time is in the Cricut heat guide), then flip the shirt over and press again from the back.

cricut easypress pressing heat transfer vinyl on a cotton onesie

Carefully peel away the plastic backing.

Repeat the pressing process for each additional color in the design, making sure the colors on your onesie line up correctly. Once you peel the plastic backing off the final color, you’re done!

born in the usa baby onesie with cricut easypress and red, white, and blue glitter heat transfer vinyl

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Simple DIY “Born In The USA” Baby Onesie

Make these cute, simple "Born In The USA" baby clothes for 4th of July or Memorial Day; they make great baby shower gifts for friends and family!
Keyword 4th of july, blue, fourth of july, glitter, heat transfer vinyl, independence day, memorial day, patriotic, red, veterans day, white
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cricut Cutting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 baby onesie
Author Jessi Wohlwend
Cost $8

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Click the Upload button in the menu on the left, then drag and drop or browse your computer to find the downloaded file.
    upload screen to upload born in the usa svg file
  • Give the image a name and some tags if you’d like, then click the green Save button.
    born in the usa svg file upload screen
  • Select all the layers in a single color and then click the Attach button at the bottom right. Repeat for all four colors.
    attaching color groups in cricut design space
  • Click the green Make It button at the top of the page. On the preview mats screen, select each mat thumbnail and toggle the Mirror switch on, then click the green Continue button.
  • On the Make screen, select Glitter Iron-On as the material.
    material selection screen in cricut design space
  • Place the heat transfer vinyl onto the Cricut cutting mat with the shiny plastic side down.
    place heat transfer vinyl on the cricut cutting mat with the clear plastic backing side down
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to load the correct blade, then load the mat into the machine. Press the Go button to begin the cut.
  • When the cut is finished, unload the mat from the machine and carefully remove the heat transfer vinyl from the mat. Weed away the background vinyl, leaving the graphic on the clear plastic backing.
    weeding away background heat transfer vinyl before pressing
  • Preheat your EasyPress according to the Cricut heat guide. Then position the heat transfer vinyl on your blank onesie with the shiny plastic side up.
    heat transfer vinyl positioned on a white onesie before pressing
  • Once the EasyPress is pre-heated, press the onesie for thirty seconds (or whatever the recommended time is in the Cricut heat guide), then flip the shirt over and press again from the back.
    cricut easypress pressing heat transfer vinyl on a cotton onesie
  • Carefully peel away the plastic backing.
    Repeat the pressing process for each additional color in the design, making sure the colors on your onesie line up correctly. Once you peel the plastic backing off the final color, you’re done!
    born in the usa baby onesie with cricut easypress and red, white, and blue glitter heat transfer vinyl

Notes

EasyPress temperatures and press times vary from material to material. Check the Cricut heat guide to determine the correct pressing process and temperatures for your specific material.
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How To Make A Pinwheel [+ free printable template!] https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/how-to-make-a-pinwheel-template/ https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/how-to-make-a-pinwheel-template/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/?p=12716 This easy pinwheel craft is so simple to make: just print, cut, and fold the printable pinwheel template (or use the free SVG file in your Cricut!)

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Make a paper pinwheel in just minutes with this free pinwheel template! This easy printable pinwheel craft is so easy to make: just print, cut, and fold (or use the free SVG file in your Cricut!)


Paper pinwheels are the perfect thing for summer; they’re so much fun when the weather is nice! You can set them up on a porch or in a window box to brighten up your view. And pinwheels are easy to make, so you can have the kids help you make a bunch for a block party or barbecue to keep them entertained! Today I’m going to show you how to make a simple pinwheel with just a square of colored paper!

You can use this easy pinwheel template to make pinwheels out of any paper you have laying around the house, or you can make pinwheels with a Cricut or other cutting machine using the free pinwheel SVG file. Both the printable template and SVG file are available for free at the bottom of this post.

Learn how to make paper pinwheels in minutes with this large pinwheel template

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How To Make A Pinwheel

These pinwheels will take you less than five minutes to make, and you can make them in any color you want, or print out the patterned pinwheel templates to make your own fun patterned pinwheels.

Tools You Need To Make A Pinwheel

Pinwheel Materials

  • colored paper
  • bamboo skewers
  • thumbtacks
  • small beads
  • easy pinwheel template (download the pinwheel SVG file or printable template at the bottom of this post)

How To Make Pinwheels With A Cricut

Before you start cutting out the pinwheel, stick the non-pointy end of the bamboo skewers into a small glass of water. Once the skewers soak up some water, it will be easier to push the thumbtack into the skewer to attach the pinwheel, and the wood won’t splinter.

Soften bamboo skewers with water to use as base for paper pinwheels

While the skewers are soaking, use your Cricut to cut out the pinwheel template from a piece of paper. Start by opening Cricut Design Space and uploading the free pinwheel SVG file to a blank project. Here are step by step instructions on how to upload your own SVG file to Cricut Design Space if you need them.

Use your cricut maker to make simple paper pinwheels with free svg file

You can resize the pinwheel template by clicking on it and then changing one of the Size dimensions in the menu at the top. Be sure that the aspect ratio is locked so that the whole thing stays square (if the little lock icon above the Size fields is open, just click it once to lock it again.) You can also duplicate the shape if you want to cut out multiple pinwheels all at once.

Click the big green Make It button at the top right of your screen.

Send pinwheel template to cricut maker

If the preview looks good, click Continue. Select the material you are planning to use, and then follow the on-screen instructions for loading the correct blade into your machine and loading the cutting mat into the machine. Once the mat is loaded, press the flashing Go button to begin the cut.

Cut out paper pinwheel templates with your cricut maker

Unload the mat when the machine is finished, and carefully peel the cut out pinwheel templates off the mat.

Assembling The Pinwheels

If you want to cut the pinwheel template out by hand, carefully cut along the dotted lines, and poke holes using a thumbtack where indicated on the template.

Gather your cut out pinwheel templates, the bamboo skewers, thumbtacks, and small beads.

Bamboo skewers free paper pinwheel templates and pushpins to make paper pinwheels

Take one spoke of the pinwheel and push the thumbtack through the hole from the back. Bend the next spoke over and push the thumbtack through the hole on that spoke as well.

Fold paper pinwheel template to make pinwheels

Continue pushing the thumbtack through each individual spoke until the thumbtack is through all four spokes.

Push the thumbtack through the hole in the center of the pinwheel, then slide the small bead onto the thumbtack at the back of the pinwheel.

Use a small bead as a spacer when making paper pinwheels

Then push the thumbtack into the wet end of the skewer. If you need to, you can gently tap the front of the thumbtack with a hammer. Keep pushing the thumbtack into the skewer until the skewer touches the small bead on the thumbtack.

Attach paper pinwheels to bamboo skewers with a push pin

Soaking the skewer in water should keep the wood from splitting at this point, but if your skewer does split, don’t worry! Just add a small dab of hot glue to make sure the thumbtack stays in place.

Be sure not to cover the bead with glue! The bead helps space the pinwheel away from the skewer, allowing the pinwheel spin freely without getting caught on the skewer as it turns.

And now you know how to make a pinwheel!

Printable pinwheel templates to make paper pinwheels from any color paper

This pinwheel pattern makes it super easy to make pinwheels in any size or color: perfect for 4th of July, birthday parties, and more!

Paper pinwheel craft with free paper pinwheel template
Easy pinwheel template for making paper pinwheels

Free Printable Pinwheel Template and SVG File

Printable pinwheel templates to make paper pinwheels from any color paper
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How To Make A Pinwheel [+ free printable template!]

Learn how to make a paper pinwheel in just minutes with this free pinwheel template! This easy printable pinwheel craft is so easy to make: just print, cut, and fold (or use the free SVG file in your Cricut!)
Cook Time 3 minutes
Cricut Cutting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 1 pinwheel
Author Jessi Wohlwend
Cost $2

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet colored paper
  • 1 bamboo skewer
  • 1 small bead
  • 1 thumbtack
  • 1 pinwheel template (available for download on this post)

Instructions

How to make pinwheels with a Cricut

  • Stick the non-pointy end of the bamboo skewers into a small glass of water to soften them.
  • Open Design Space and upload the pinwheel svg file.
    Free paper pinwheel template svg file
  • Resize or duplicate the shape as needed, then click the green Make It button.
    Use your cricut maker to make simple paper pinwheels with free svg file
  • Preview the mat and click Continue if everything looks good. Set the material and follow the on-screen instructions to load the correct blade and load the cutting mat into the machine.
    Send pinwheel template to cricut maker
  • Once the mat is loaded, press the flashing Go button to begin the cut. When the cut is finished, carefully peel the cut out pinwheel off the cutting mat.
    Cut out paper pinwheel templates with your cricut maker

Assembling the pinwheels

  • Take one spoke of the pinwheel and push the thumbtack through the hole from the back. Bend the next spoke over and push the thumbtack through the hole on that spoke as well.
    Fold paper pinwheel template to make pinwheels
  • Continue pushing the thumbtack through each individual spoke until the thumbtack is through all four spokes. Push the thumbtack through the hole in the center of the pinwheel, then slide the small bead onto the thumbtack at the back of the pinwheel.
    Use a small bead as a spacer when making paper pinwheels
  • Then push the thumbtack into the wet end of the skewer. If you need to, you can gently tap the front of the thumbtack with a hammer. Keep pushing the thumbtack into the skewer until the skewer touches the small bead on the thumbtack.
    Attach paper pinwheels to bamboo skewers with a push pin
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DIY Paper Flower Monogram In A Shadow Box https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/diy-paper-flower-monogram-shadow-box/ https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/diy-paper-flower-monogram-shadow-box/#comments Mon, 22 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/?p=44400 This simple paper flower monogram inside a shadow box is a great wedding or baby shower gift! All you need is cardstock, glue, a shadow box, and a Cricut!

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This simple paper flower monogram inside a shadow box is a great wedding or baby shower gift! All you need is cardstock, glue, a shadow box, and a Cricut!


I love making paper flowers with my Cricut Maker; once the machine cuts out all the pieces, all you have to do is assemble them! It makes even the most intricate paper flowers way easier. Today I’m sharing this super cute DIY paper flower monogram I made in a shadow box for our baby’s nursery.

(By the way, this project is part of the Cricut Summer Of Flowers blog hop and giveaway. Tons of other bloggers are sharing their favorite flower crafts made with their Cricuts, and there is a HUGE giveaway at the bottom of this post!)

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I just love how this paper flower monogram turned out! I think the paper flowers look amazing and detailed, but in reality they were pretty easy to make once the Cricut cut out the pieces for me. It did take a while since I was making ten of these flowers, and they were pretty intricate, but I just assembled them while binge watching some Netflix and the time went by pretty quickly. :-p

  • Time spent doing stuff: 90 minutes
  • Time spent waiting around: 30-60 minutes
  • Total project time: 2-3 hours

Materials

Tools & Equipment

Instructions

I used five different paper flowers from the Giant Flowers cartridge and a set of leaves from the Nature Collections cartridge for this project: (They are all free with Cricut Access!)

  • 3D Pansy (#M3CECE)
  • 3D Hibiscus (#M3E47E)
  • 3D Poppy (#M3FFBE)
  • 3D Peony (#M468E4)
  • 3D Rose (#M46FF0)
  • Three Leaves (#MA9D40A0)

Here’s the link to the Design Space file that I used; the flowers are already resized for a 9×9 shadow box.

Once you open that file inside of Cricut Design Space, you can duplicate the flowers, delete some, resize them, or whatever you need to do for your specific project.

For this “E” inside of a 9×9 shadow box, I used ten flowers and 9 leaves (three sets of the “Three Leaves” image). There are two copies of each flower; when cut and assembled the larger flower is about 2-3” and the smaller flower is about 1-2”. You don’t need to be too picky about the finished flower size because you can just arrange them slightly closer together or farther apart to make them fit perfectly in your monogram.

Click the green “Make It” button to send the flowers to your Cricut for cutting. Design Space will preview the mats so you can see how the pieces are laid out and decide which cardstock to use for which pieces. Once you’re ready to start cutting, load your first mat into the machine and follow the on-screen instructions until all ten mats are cut out.

Load cardstock into cricut maker to make diy paper flowers

You should be able to easily lift up the cardstock to weed away the background paper around the cut out flower pieces.

Peel background of cut paper flower pieces off of cricut mat

For the delicate pieces like the stamens you can use a pair of broad tipped tweezers to help you gently remove the paper from the mat.

Use broad tipped tweezers to gently remove delicate pieces of paper flowers from cricut mat

Assemble the flowers according to the instructions found in the Giant Flowers instruction manual. Because I resized these flowers to be so much smaller than the original “giant” flowers, I skipped inserting the tabs to assemble the pieces and just used glue instead to make sure everything stayed together well.

Assemble diy paper flowers with glue

Lay out your flowers in the shape of your monogram letter, then use straight pins to attach them to the shadow box backing board (or you can use glue if you don’t mind it being permanent).

Use straight pins to attach diy paper flowers to shadow box backing board

You can use glue or straight pins to add beads, buttons, or other baubles to make it a little fancier if you want.

Use straight pins or glue to add beads buttons or baubles to decorate diy paper flowers

Then reassemble the backing board into the shadow box frame and you’re done!

Diy paper flower monogram letter inside a shadow box

I made this paper flower monogram shadow box for the baby’s nursery. I love it in there; the flowers match the color of the nursery perfectly!

Diy paper flower monogram in a shadow box in the babys nursery

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Below is a printable version of this project; click the large “Print” button to print out the instructions. (It defaults to just printing the text in the instructions, no photos, to save you paper and printer ink!)

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DIY Paper Flower Monogram In A Shadow Box

This simple paper flower monogram inside a shadow box is a great wedding or baby shower gift! All you need is cardstock, glue, a shadow box, and a Cricut!
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Author Jessi Wohlwend
Cost $5

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Open the file inside of Cricut Design Space. Duplicate or delete flowers, resize them, or whatever you need to do for your specific project.
  • Click the green “Make It” button to send the flowers to your Cricut for cutting.
  • Load your first mat into the machine and follow the on-screen instructions to begin the cut.
  • When the cut is complete, unload the mat, then lift up the cardstock to weed away the background paper around the cut out flower pieces.
  • Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all 10 mats are cut out.
  • Assemble the flowers according to the instructions found in the Giant Flowers instruction manual.
  • Attach the flowers to the shadow box backing board using straight pins (or you can use glue if you don’t mind it being permanent).
  • Add beads, buttons, or other baubles to make it a little fancier if you want.
  • Reassemble the backing board into the shadow box frame and you’re done!

Notes

I made this project using five different paper flowers from the Giant Flowers cartridge and a set of leaves from the Nature Collections cartridge: (They are all free with Cricut Access!)
Here’s the link to the Design Space file that I used with the flowers already resized for a 9×9 shadow box.

This project is part of the Cricut Summer Of Flowers event. Check out all the other great projects here:

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DIY No Sew Baby Flower Headbands https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/diy-no-sew-baby-flower-headbands/ https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/diy-no-sew-baby-flower-headbands/#comments Wed, 05 Jun 2019 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/?p=21556 Looking for the perfect baby shower gift? Learn how to make these adorable no-sew baby flower headbands in just a few minutes! Plus there's a chart so you can cut the elastic to the correct size for kids from newborns all the way to teens.

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Looking for the perfect baby shower gift? Learn how to make these adorable no-sew baby flower headbands in just a few minutes! Plus there’s a chart so you can cut the elastic to the correct size for kids from newborns all the way to teens.


The full tutorial for making these adorable baby flower headbands is below, but if you want to buy pre-made headbands you can find these baby flower headbands in four different colors in my Etsy shop!


I love making things for babies to wear; they are just so small and cute, and babies look ADORABLE in them! And these DIY no sew baby flower headbands are no exception. Today I’m going to show you how to make these cute baby headbands for yourself in just a few minutes, no sewing required!

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The best part about these cute baby headbands is that they’re so easy to make; there’s nothing to stop you from making one in every color imaginable! I mean, seriously, cut the elastic to size, add a few dollops of hot glue, and you’re done!

DIY No Sew Baby Flower Headbands

  • 3 minutes (time spent doing stuff)
  • 30 seconds (time spent waiting around)
  • 3 and a half minutes (total project time)

Tools

Materials

how to make infant headbands

Instructions

The first thing you need to do is determine the size of your headband. I used 5/8” fold over elastic because it is very soft and stretchy, which is perfect for baby headbands. You can also use skinny elastic or something fun like a lace elastic or glittery elastic. Whatever elastic you use, you want it to stretch just enough to keep the headband on her head and not so much that it’s too tight and leaves a dent.

I’ve made a size chart for you so you can determine how much elastic you need. Keep in mind, the lengths listed in this size chart are the final lengths of the headband using fold over elastic, skinny elastic, or any other standard elastic. Before you make your cut, add about 1/2” extra so that you can overlap your elastic and glue it together. And if you’re using a “specialty” elastic like lace elastic or glitter elastic, add another 1/2” to 1” to account for the tighter elasticity.

diy baby flower headband elastic size chart

Cut your elastic to size using the chart above, remembering to add about 1/2” for overlap. I also cut an additional 1.5” piece of elastic for covering up the overlap.

how to make an infant elastic headband

Bring the two ends of the long elastic together, overlapping about 1/2”, and add a small dot of hot glue between the two ends to hold them together.

how to make diy baby flower headbands

To cover the seam where you glued your headband together, wrap the shorter piece of elastic around the overlap/seam and add a small dollop of hot glue under both ends to hold it down onto the larger piece of elastic. Make sure the overlap/seam of the shorter piece of elastic is on the shiny side of the larger elastic so that it is hidden by the flower later!

diy no sew infant flower headbands

Add a small dollop of hot glue on top of the overlap/seam on the shorter piece of elastic, then stick the back of the fabric flower onto the dot of glue.

how to make no sew infant flower headbands

See how all of the seams are hidden by using that small piece of elastic? It’s such a nice, clean way to finish the headband so there are no weird-looking bits when you’re done. And also, the hot glue is hidden inside the elastic, so only the soft elastic touches your baby’s head and not the hardened glue.

Put the headband on a cute baby, stand back, and enjoy! Or wrap it up as a gift for a baby shower!

how to make diy baby flower headbands

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8 Fun Things To Do With Old Baby Clothes https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/8-fun-things-to-do-with-old-baby-clothes/ https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/8-fun-things-to-do-with-old-baby-clothes/#respond Mon, 25 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/?p=33496 Is your little one too big for their baby clothes? Here are 8 fun things to do with old baby…

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Is your little one too big for their baby clothes? Here are 8 fun things to do with old baby clothes instead of throwing them away!


If you’re like me, you probably have a hard time with just tossing your little one’s clothes out that are too big now. I would always picture my son’s little toes wiggling around in his teddy bear footed pajamas, and see his little chest rising and falling as he slept on my chest in a soft, blue onesie.

Luckily, there are lots of fun things you can do with old baby clothes besides throw them out. Read on to learn how you can pass clothes on to those in need, cherish them forever, or even make some money off of them!

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1. Turn Them Into A Keepsake Animal

I was mesmerized when one of our close friends showed me a teddy bear that she’d stuffed and sewn purely out of her daughter’s old baby clothes. The prints, textures, and colors were just beautiful. And, the plush bear still sits prominently on her dresser; allowing both her and her mom to remember the cute clothing she used to wear.

2. Trade Them

If you join an online social media website, it’s easy to post pics of the clothing you wish to discard. Instead of selling them, you could propose a trade! Simply list the sizes you’re looking for and voila! You’re one thrifty momma.

3. Sell Them

If trading isn’t your thing and you’d rather make a buck or two off your clothing items, you can do so by having a good old fashioned yard sale. All proceeds come directly to you. Whether you do it in person or online in a local yardsale forum, any cash you make beats throwing out your items.

4. Consign Them

Even though it’s slightly more work than hosting or posting a yard sale; consignment is usually a sure sale. Why? Your items are featured in a shop for several months. While you only get about half of what it sells for, you can make a pretty penny by listing your stuff. Simply make sure your items look spiffy and new by washing, drying, ironing, and hanging each item before trekking it to the shop. People are generally more likely to pay a bit more at a consignment shop than they are on a street corner, so go out of your way to even patch up tears or mend buttons or zippers. Some stores that allow you to consign your items could be an online baby boutique or a local baby boutique like Bitsy Bug Boutique.

5. Frame An Outfit

Do you have a baby outfit that you just can’t trade, toss, or sell? No one ever said you had to. Visit a local frame store to discuss options when it comes to securing, matting, and framing your baby gear. If you’re handy and thrifty, you can even visit your local art supply store and check out large shadow boxes and read up online to learn how to do it all yourself! You can keep the outfit in your bedroom or child’s room to remind them of just how tiny they once were.

6. Look Online For Ideas

If you want to use old baby clothes in a creative way, but don’t feel like you’re a person that will feature them in a frame or as a piece of art around your home; there are lots of other things you can do. While it may pain your heart a bit to cut them up and deconstruct them, you can get lots of ideas on sites like Pinterest.

You may wish to use the clothes to create trim on a pillow, or even a blanket that your kiddo takes with them when they jet off to college (sigh). Baby clothes can be composed into a stocking that’s used around the holidays. You could use them to make a pillow to pass on to a new sibling, or even a robe for a new baby to wear. If you can read, use a sewing machine, and round up some inspiration online; you can certainly do lots of fun things with your child’s old clothes. Who knows? Maybe you’ll realize you have a hand for making ultra-creative and cute crafts out of your clothing and can start a business on Etsy or other social sites!

7. Make A Donation

Do you know a special family at church or down the road that could benefit from some free gear? You can present them with your gently used items and take joy and satisfaction every time you see their little ones dressed in your child’s clothing-at least you know your items are in good hands at a good home.

8. Hold An Auction

What’s the saying? One man’s junk is another man’s treasure? You may wish to set up an online auction using a site like Ebay to see just what your clothing items will go for. You set the starting price, sit back, and watch other bid before you box it and ship it to the lucky winner. This can also become a lucrative side business!

At the end of the day, we all wish we could hang onto your kids a little bit longer. While they grow at a rapid pace, we cling to the clothes they used to wear! If you’re ready to sell, trade, or consign them to make a little bit of money, awesome! If you’re not, rest assured there are many fun and creative things you can do and make with old baby clothes in order to always treasure those tiny outfits!

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Simple DIY St. Patrick’s Day Shirt https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/simple-diy-st-patricks-day-shirt/ https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/simple-diy-st-patricks-day-shirt/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/?p=33414 Make this cute St. Patrick’s Day shirt with a Cricut Maker in 15 minutes or less! Perfect for showing your…

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Make this cute St. Patrick’s Day shirt with a Cricut Maker in 15 minutes or less! Perfect for showing your St. Patrick’s Day spirit!


Need a green shirt for St. Patrick’s Day? Make your own with a Cricut Maker! This cute lucky shirt will keep you from being pinched all day long, and it only takes 15 minutes to make!

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How To Make A St. Patrick’s Day Shirt With A Cricut Maker

Here is my This Is My Lucky Shirt design in Cricut Design Space that I used to make this cute St. Patrick’s Day shirt. It’s free with Cricut Access!

  • Time spent doing stuff: 10 minutes
  • Time spent waiting around: 5 minutes
  • Total project time: 15 minutes

Tools & Equipment

Materials

  • foil iron on (I used Emerald Green and Light Gold)
  • a plain t-shirt

Instructions

(You can find a printable version of this tutorial at the bottom of this post.)

Start by opening the This Is My Lucky Shirt design in Cricut Design Space. Click the green Make It button to cut out the design as-is. (The graphic is about 11″ wide and 9″ tall if you don’t resize it.)

If you want to modify the design or resize it, click the Customize button to open the design within the Design Space editor. Then you can select any parts of the design and change the text or resize the elements.

Cricut st. patricks day shirt cut file design

When cutting heat transfer vinyl you always need to mirror your design before cutting. On the Prepare Mats screen, make sure you toggle the “Mirror” switch on for both mats.

Cutting out a cricut st. patricks day shirt cut file design

Then set your material to Foil Iron On and make sure the fine-point blade is loaded in your machine.

Load the iron on vinyl onto your mat with the pretty side down, then load the mat into your machine and press the flashing Go button.

Cricut maker cutting out iron on for st. patricks day shirt

TIP: When I’m using vinyl from a roll, I usually just pull out a foot to stick down onto the mat and leave the rest of the roll attached, but hanging off the end of the mat. You have to be careful your roll of vinyl isn’t pushed off the table as the mat moves in and out of the machine, but this way you can cut right next to the Cricut cut lines to remove your project from the roll and minimize wasted vinyl.

Once both mats are cut, carefully weed away the background vinyl, including any spots in the center of letters.

Cricut st. patricks day shirt made with maker and easypress 2

Turn your EasyPress on and heat it up to 315 degrees. Put your blank shirt on the EasyPress mat, and once the EasyPress is pre-heated, press the blank shirt for about 5 seconds just to warm up the surface.

Position your iron on vinyl design on the shirt then press with the EasyPress for 30 seconds. If the design is larger than your EasyPress (like mine is below) just move the EasyPress to another area and press for another 30 seconds until the whole design has been pressed.

Press iron on onto st. patricks day shirt with cricut easypress 2

Flip your shirt over and press again with the EasyPress for 15 seconds on the back. Once the whole design has been pressed a second time, gently peel off the plastic backing while it’s still warm, and you’re done with your St. Patrick’s Day shirt!

This is my lucky shirt st. patricks day shirt made with a cricut

I just love how shiny the foil is on the words “This Is My Lucky Shirt”. I can’t wait to wear it this St. Patrick’s Day!

Cricut st. patricks day projects this is my lucky shirt

If you’re looking for some other great St. Patrick’s Day ideas, check these out!

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DIY "This Is My Lucky Shirt" St. Patrick's Day Shirt

Make this cute St. Patrick’s Day shirt with a Cricut Maker in 15 minutes or less! Perfect for showing your St. Patrick’s Day spirit!
Keyword cricut st patricks day, cricut st patricks day ideas, cricut st patricks day projects
Cook Time 10 minutes
Machine Cutting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Jessi Wohlwend

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Open the This Is My Lucky Shirt project in Design Space. Click the green Make It button to send it to your Cricut as-is (approx. 11" wide by 9" tall), or click Customize to make modifications prior to cutting.
  • On the Prepare Mats screen, toggle the "Mirror" switch on for both mats, then click Continue.
  • Set the material to Foil Iron On, then make sure the fine-point blade is loaded in your machine.
  • Place the iron on vinyl onto the adhesive mat with the "pretty side down", then load it into your machine.
  • Press the flashing GO button to start the cut.
  • Unload the mat and remove the vinyl, then repeat for the second mat.
  • Weed away the background vinyl.
  • Set the EasyPress to 315 degrees and pre-press just the blank shirt for 5 seconds to warm it up.
  • Position the weeded vinyl design on the shirt, then press the design for 30 seconds with the EasyPress (moving the EasyPress and pressing for another 30 seconds if the design is larger than the EasyPress)
  • Flip the shirt over and press for 15 seconds on the back of the shirt.
  • Peel the plastic backing off the vinyl design while it is still warm.

Notes

I used Emerald Green foil iron on and Light Gold foil iron on from Cricut for this project, and the shirt is just a regular Everywear shirt from Old Navy.
Care:
Turn inside out before washing and wash with cool water on a delicate cycle. Tumble dry low or lay flat to dry.

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Egg Blowing 101: How To Blow Out An Egg To Make It Hollow https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/egg-blowing-how-to-blow-out-an-egg/ https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/egg-blowing-how-to-blow-out-an-egg/#comments Fri, 01 Feb 2019 14:00:15 +0000 https://www.practicallyfunctional.com?p=23874&preview=true&preview_id=23874 Learn how to blow out an egg leaving the hollow shell intact in just 3 easy steps! Make Easter decorations…

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Learn how to blow out an egg leaving the hollow shell intact in just 3 easy steps! Make Easter decorations and crafts that last forever and can be reused again and again!


If you love decorating eggs for Easter, but don’t want to waste all that effort on a hard boiled egg that will go bad or start to smell in a few weeks, egg blowing is the answer! You can “blow an egg” to get rid of the eggy insides, leaving a hollow egg shell that is still intact. Once you rinse and dry the hollow shell, the eggs will last forever (as long as you don’t accidentally crush them) so you can make Easter decorations you can reuse again and again.

And don’t worry, egg blowing is WAY easier than it seems! Here’s how to blow out an egg leaving the hollow shell intact in just 3 simple steps!

Egg blowing 101 learn how to blow an egg to make it hollow

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Egg blowing is such an easy way to “preserve” your eggs so that you can use them as decor year after year. Just be careful when putting them into storage so you don’t crush them!

How To Blow Out An Egg

  • 5 minutes (time spent doing stuff)
  • 1 hour (drying time)
  • 1 hour and 5 minutes (total project time)

Supplies

  • a clean bowl
  • a needle, pin, awl, tiny nail, or thumbtack
  • a toothpick or straightened out paperclip
  • eggs (not cooked)
  • scotch tape, masking tape, or blue painter’s tape
  • towels
  • soap and water

Instructions

Check out the video below to see the whole project from start to finish! (You can also find written instructions below the video and a printable version of the tutorial at the bottom of the post.)

Step 1: Poke holes in both ends of the egg

Start by putting a small piece of tape over both ends of the egg. The tape will help keep the egg shell from cracking when you poke a hole.

Take a needle or straight pin (or something else small and pointy) and poke a hole into the top (skinnier) end of the egg, through the tape. Wiggle the pin around a bit to make the hole just a little bit wider than the pin and to help break up the yolk inside the egg.

Flip the egg over (over your bowl to catch anything that drips out!) and poke a second hole on the other end of the egg. Make the hole on the bottom (fatter) end of the egg a little bigger than the hole on the top; this is the hole all the eggy insides will come out through.

Step 2: Shake the egg up to scramble the insides

Put your fingers over both holes so nothing comes out, then shake the egg. You want to break up the yolk and all the membranes that hold the egg together (basically “scrambling” it inside its shell) so that the egg is liquidy enough to come out through the hole you made.

Step 3: Blow the egg out of the shell!

Once you can hear the egg sloshing around inside the shell, hold the egg over your bowl (bottom/fatter side down) and blow through the hole at the top of the egg.

You want to make sure you get a good seal around the egg with your mouth so that all your air is going into the egg. It can be kinda hard to blow out the insides of the egg, like blowing up a really really tough balloon. If it’s too hard, try covering the holes and shaking the egg again to break up the insides more, or you can make the bottom hole slightly larger.

Keep blowing until the egg shell is completely empty.

And you’re done! Wash and dry, then decorate!

Rinse the egg in warm soapy water, making sure to clean out the inside of the egg as well as the outside. You can run water from the faucet through the egg shell to help rinse out the insides.

Set the egg aside to dry, making sure the bottom/fatter side is pointing down so the water can drip out of the egg shell.

Once it’s dry you can decorate it however you’d like, and it should last for years!

Egg blowing 101 how to blow an egg to make it hollow

If you prefer to decorate normal hard boiled eggs for Easter instead, check out this tutorial on how to hard boil eggs perfectly every time!

Simple DIY egg carton chicks for Easter or spring

And once you’re done with your egg carton, repurpose it into these cute little egg carton chicks. This is such a great project to do with your kids!

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How To Blow Out An Egg

Learn how to blow out an egg leaving the hollow shell intact in just 3 easy steps! Make Easter decorations and crafts that last forever and can be reused again and again!
Course Crafts, Easter
Cook Time 5 minutes
Drying Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Author Jessi Wohlwend

Equipment

  • a clean bowl
  • a needle, pin, awl, tiny nail, or thumbtack
  • a toothpick or straightened out paperclip
  • scotch tape, masking tape, or blue painter's tape
  • towels
  • soap and water

Ingredients

  • eggs not cooked

Instructions

  • Put a small piece of tape over both ends of the egg.
  • Take a needle or straight pin (or something else small and pointy) and poke a hole into the top (skinnier) end of the egg, through the tape.
  • Wiggle the pin around a bit to make the hole just a little bit wider than the pin and to help break up the yolk inside the egg.
  • Flip the egg over (over your bowl to catch anything that drips out!) and poke a second hole on the other end of the egg. Make this hole a little bigger than the hole on the top.
  • Shake the egg up to scramble the insides.
  • Hold the egg over your bowl (bottom/fatter side down) and blow through the hole at the top of the egg. Keep blowing until the egg shell is completely empty.
  • Rinse the egg in warm soapy water, making sure to clean out the inside of the egg as well as the outside.
  • Set the egg aside to dry, making sure the bottom/fatter side is pointing down so the water can drip out of the egg shell.
  • Once it’s dry you can decorate it however you’d like, and it should last for years!

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Notes

It can be kinda hard to blow out the insides of the egg, like blowing up a really really tough balloon, so make sure you get a good seal around the egg with your mouth so that all your air is going into the egg. If it's too hard, try covering the holes and shaking the egg again to break up the insides more, or you can make the bottom hole slightly larger so the insides can come out.

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How To Make A Pillow Box With A Cricut Maker https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/how-to-make-a-pillow-box-cricut-maker/ https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/how-to-make-a-pillow-box-cricut-maker/#comments Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:00:00 +0000 https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/?p=32568 Learn how to make a pillow box with your Cricut Maker in under ten minutes! Plus get the pillow box…

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Learn how to make a pillow box with your Cricut Maker in under ten minutes! Plus get the pillow box template so you can make your own exactly like this!


Pillow boxes are the perfect tiny gift boxes for any occasion! I love using them for Valentine’s Day, birthday party favors, wedding or baby shower favors, etc. And they’re so quick and easy to make! I made these with my Cricut Maker (cuz there’s no way I could have cut out that intricate lace pattern by hand!) and they only took about ten minutes from start to finish. This tutorial will show you how to make a pillow box using a Cricut Maker, and I’ll share my pillow box template so you can make your own exactly like these!

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You can also make pillow boxes out of toilet paper tubes or paper towel tubes!

How To Make A Pillow Box With A Cricut Maker

Here is the pillow box template in Cricut Design Space that I used to make these pillow boxes. It’s free with Cricut Access!

  • Time spent doing stuff: 3 minutes
  • Time spent waiting around: 7 minutes
  • Total project time: 10 minutes

Tools & Equipment

Materials

  • cardstock in 2 different colors (I used the “Red Tones” sampler pack)
  • glue stick
Learn how to make a pillow box with a cricut maker and a free pillow box template

Instructions

Start by opening the lace pillow box template. Click the green Make It button to make the pillow box as-is (the boxes are approximately 4″ x 5″ once folded up and assembled).

If you want to resize the box, click the Customize button to open the project in Cricut Design Space. The box piece and the lace piece are grouped together, so it’s easy to select the template and resize as needed.

How to make a pillow box with a cricut maker and a free pillow box template

Click the green Make It button once you’re ready to do the project.

I used the scoring wheel for this project to get crisp, clean score lines on the pillow box itself. When you score something with a Cricut Maker, you want to score the back side of the material, so make sure that you set the mats to “Mirror” and load the paper onto the mat “pretty side” down.

Follow the on-screen instructions as Design Space walks you through cutting out the mats. It will do the scoring first, so install the scoring wheel before you load the mat into the machine. After it scores the paper, it will tell you to take the scoring wheel out and put the fine-point blade back in. Make sure you DO NOT unload the mat while you do this! Just switch out the blade and press the flashing Go button again.

Once it’s done cutting, put the mat upside down on your workspace and carefully bend and peel the mat up off the paper, holding the paper down against the table so it doesn’t curl.

Peel cricut mat off of lace for pillow box

Weed away all the cut out dots in the lace piece while the Cricut Maker cuts the large box piece. Peel the mat back off the paper the same way when the Maker finishes cutting the second mat.

Bend all of your scored lines by folding both sides up (folding into the score so that the scored line is on the inside of your fold), then glue the lace band onto the pillow box, lining up the scored fold lines. Glue the sides of the box together to make a little “tube”, then fold the top and bottom oval pieces over each other to close the ends of the pillow box.

And you’re done!

Learn how to make a pillow box with a cricut maker plus a free pillow box template

Fill them with candy or other goodies and hand them out as valentines!

How to make a pillow box with the cricut maker and a free pillow box template

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How To Make Pillow Boxes With A Cricut Maker

Learn how to make a pillow box with your Cricut Maker in under ten minutes! Plus get the pillow box template so you can make your own exactly like this!
Cook Time 3 minutes
Cricut Cutting Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Jessi Wohlwend

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces cardstock
  • 1 glue stick

Instructions

  • Open the lace pillow box template, adjust the sizing if you want, then click the green Make It button.
    How to make a pillow box with a cricut maker and a free pillow box template
  • Load the blades and accessories as instructed. Load the cardstock on the cutting mat, load it into the machine, and press the flashing Go button to begin the cut.
    Cricut maker cutting out lace for pillow box
  • Flip the mat over and hold down the cardstock flat against the table while bending back the mat to keep the cardstock from curling.
    Peel cricut mat off of lace for pillow box
  • Glue the lace piece on top of the pillow box form.
    Precisely cut lace for pillow box using cricut maker
  • Fold the pillow box along the score lines, closing up the top and bottom flaps, and you're done!
    How to make a pillow box with the cricut maker and a free pillow box template

Notes

You can buy the QuickSwap blades and tips by themselves or with the drive housing included. You only need to buy a tool with the QuickSwap housing attached ONCE; after that you can just buy the blades and tips individually and swap them out on the housing you already have.

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Disclosure: I received compensation from Cricut in exchange for my participation in this campaign, and my honest discussion of their products. But the Cricut Maker and, really, all Cricut products are seriously amazing and all opinions in this post are 100% my own. I would never write a post about something I didn’t think was useful or interesting for you guys, and Practically Functional will only publish sponsored posts for companies or products I love and believe in! 🙂

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Make Your Own Soft Baby Blocks https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/make-your-own-soft-baby-blocks/ https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/make-your-own-soft-baby-blocks/#comments Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/?p=32566 Make your own soft baby blocks in under an hour with a Cricut Maker! Quick and easy to make, and…

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Make your own soft baby blocks in under an hour with a Cricut Maker! Quick and easy to make, and a great gift for any new mom!


Earlier this week I shared a post on how to cut fabric with a Cricut Maker, and I used my Maker to cut squares out of some pretty floral fabrics. Today I’m going to show you what I made with those squares: adorable homemade soft baby blocks for our baby girl!

Make your own soft baby blocks with a cricut maker

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I really love using my Cricut Maker to cut fabric! The rotary blade is seriously amazing, cutting as it rolls just like a standard handheld rotary cutter, except it’s way smaller and machine-controlled, so it’s way more precise. It can turn within a quarter of an inch to cut through hundreds of different fabrics, which allows you to cut intricate shapes and patterns with accuracy that you can’t get with scissors.

It can even cut multiple layers at the same time, which is great if you’re making multiples of the same pattern, or if you want to fold your fabric and cut it out on the fold.

All you have to do is choose from hundreds of sewing patterns in the Cricut library (including Simplicity patterns and Riley Blake Designs patterns), then flawlessly mark your fabric and cut it with your Cricut Maker. And you get to do the fun part: sewing!

How To Make Your Own Soft Baby Blocks With A Cricut Maker

This is the pattern in Design Space that I used for this project. It makes four soft baby blocks with letters and numbers on each side of the cubes.

  • Time spent doing stuff: 45 minutes
  • Time spent waiting around: 10 minutes
  • Total project time: 55 minutes

Tools & Equipment

Materials

Instructions

Start by opening up the project in Design Space. Click the green Make It button to send the pattern to your machine.

Cricut design space project for making soft baby blocks

On the Prepare Mats screen, make sure that the mat containing the letters and numbers is mirrored (toggle the “Mirror” switch on) because you will be cutting that mat out of iron-on, and iron-on always needs to be mirrored before cutting. All the other mats are fabric, which normally also need to be mirrored, but since the cuts are perfectly square in this pattern, it is fine to leave the Mirror switch turned off for the fabric mats.

Once the mats are ready, click the green Continue button to send the pattern to your machine. Make sure the material is set to “iron-on” for the mat with letters and numbers, and set to “cotton” for all the other mats. Then Design Space will walk you through the cutting part, just follow the on-screen instructions.

You’ll want to switch to the rotary blade and add the washable fabric pen in the accessory clamp before cutting the fabric mats. You can see more details about how to cut fabric with a Cricut Maker in this post.

How to cut fabric on a cricut maker

Once the fabric and iron-on is all cut, weed away the background iron-on vinyl (leaving the letters and numbers on the plastic backing) and then cut apart all of the different letters, numbers, and shapes.

For applying iron-on to cotton fabric, set your EasyPress 2 to 315 degrees. Once it’s heated, pre-heat the fabric for five seconds. Then position the letters and numbers on the fabric squares and press with the EasyPress 2 for 30 seconds.

Use a cricut easypress 2 to stick letters and numbers on your soft baby blocks

Flip the fabric over and press again from the back for 15 seconds, then peel away the plastic backing from the vinyl while it’s still warm to the touch. Once all of your fabric squares have a letter, number, or shape on them, you’re ready to start sewing!

Sew the squares into a cross shape with one arm that has two squares instead of just one. This is the basic starting shape for each block.

Sew into a cube to make soft baby blocks

Then fold the center block in half diagonally (in the photo above, fold the “C” block diagonally), right sides together, so that block “1” is on top of block “3” and block “2” is on top of block “B”. Make 2 side seams of your cube by stitching along the edges of block 1+3 and 2+B (bottom edge of 3 lines up with right edge of 1; left edge of B lines up with top edge of 2).

Open up the fabric and fold block C in half diagonally again, the opposite way, and sew up the other 2 side seams. (This time the left edge of block 1 lines up with the bottom edge of block 2, and the right edge of block B lines up with the top edge of block 3.)

Once that is sewn you should have an open box with a floppy “lid” (block “A” in the photo above). Attach the lid to the box by sewing two edges of the lid to two sides of the box, leaving the third seam open. Turn the box inside out through the open seam, then stuff it full of batting.

When it’s as full as you want it, whipstitch or ladder stitch the opening closed by hand.

Sew soft baby blocks closed with a ladder stitch

Repeat for the other three blocks and you’re done!

Give them to your baby and let her enjoy! Or wrap them up as a gift for a new mom in your life.

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How To Make Baby Softie Blocks

Make your own soft baby blocks in under an hour with a Cricut Maker! Quick and easy to make, and a great gift for any new mom!
Cook Time 45 minutes
Cricut Cut Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Author Jessi Wohlwend

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Start by opening up the project in Design Space. Click the green Make It button to send the pattern to your machine.
    Cricut design space project for making soft baby blocks
  • Toggle the Mirror switch on for the iron on mats (but leave it off for the fabric mats.) Click the green Continue button.
    Make sure letters and numbers for baby soft cubes are mirrored before cutting
  • Set the material to "Cotton" for the fabric mats and "Iron On" for the iron on mats.
    Fabric cut settings for soft baby blocks
  • Insert the washable Fabric Pen in the accessory clamp and the rotary blade in Clamp B.
    Cutting fabric with a cricut maker
  • Place the fabric on the FabricGrip mat, printed side down, and roll it with the brayer to make sure it's stuck.
    Cutting fabric on a cricut maker
  • Load the mat into the machine, then start the cut by pressing the flashing Go button. Repeat until all mats are cut.
  • Carefully weed away the background iron on vinyl from all pieces using the weeder tool.
    Weeding vinyl for homemade soft baby blocks
  • Use the tweezers to remove the fabric pieces from the FabricGrip mat.
    Tips and tricks for cutting fabric with a cricut maker
  • Pre-heat your EasyPress according to the settings in the Cricut Heat Guide and position your letters on top of the fabric squares. Press the letters for 30 seconds, then flip the squares and press again.
    Use a cricut easypress 2 to stick letters and numbers on your soft baby blocks
  • Sew the fabric squares together into a "t" shape.
    Sew into a cube to make soft baby blocks
  • Then sew all of the edges together to form the squares into a box shape, leaving just one edge un-sewn so that you can stuff the block.
    Sew squares together to make baby soft cubes
  • Fill the block with batting until it's nice and full.
    Stuff cubes full of batting to make soft baby blocks
  • Sew the last little bit closed by hand.
    Sew soft baby blocks closed with a ladder stitch
  • Repeat for all of the blocks, and you're done!
    Learn how to make your own baby soft cubes with a cricut maker

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Disclosure: I received compensation from Cricut in exchange for my participation in this campaign, and my honest discussion of their products. But the Cricut Maker and, really, all Cricut products are seriously amazing and all opinions in this post are 100% my own. I would never write a post about something I didn’t think was useful or interesting for you guys, and Practically Functional will only publish sponsored posts for companies or products I love and believe in! 🙂

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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